Wednesday, May 07, 2008

New computer and Ubuntu 8.04

If I've been quiet the past few days, it's because I've been wrestling with a new computer and the new version of Ubuntu. Yes, after six years of working with an aging AMD Duron, I finally decided to spend (and what a difficult decision that was, to part with my hard-earned cash) on a new computer. I am now the proud owner of an Intel quad core CPU computer.

I got the machine on Friday afternoon. Not a very good time as Saturday was going to be my Shutdown Day. Then again, a little denial and mortification is good for the soul.

I did just manage to squeeze in an installation of Ubuntu 8.04 on Friday afternoon. It was quite a feat as I was missing a keyboard. You see, the new motherboard does not have any more PS/2 ports; it's all USB. They keyboard I had on hand was of the wrong sort.

How did I manage the installation? With a mouse, of course. And some creative cut-and-paste.

That was a bit of a waste, though, as I had to go through several reinstalls. Nothing to do with the OS, just me being anal. I was working with KVM virtualization, not the easiest thing to work with just yet, and had a couple of false starts. I wasn't too keen on some choices the Ubuntu team made with Hardy, too. Then I had to decide whether I wanted to stick with 64-bit Ubuntu or downgrade to the 32-bit version. Ultimately, I decided to go with a dual-boot system.

And then I blundered in the partitioning of the system. Anyway, I finally fixed the problem, and so here I am.

I'm back.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I just wonder what are you doing with quad cores, and if you get to use them!

    Thanks for the hosting offer! I don't need any hosting at the moment.